Sunday, November 28, 2010

The other Karl

"... the Greeks started for us that great revolution which it seems, is still in its beginning – the transition from the closed to the open society."

Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies, page 175

Popper was born in 1902 to a Viennese family of Jewish origin. He taught in Austria until 1937, when he emigrated to New Zealand in anticipation of the Nazi annexation of Austria the following year, and he settled in England in 1949.

Excerpt from WikiLeaks release of American diplomatic cables
The Guardian, November 28, 2010

"In one cable, a US diplomat noted how Saudi foreign affairs bureaucrats were moderate in their views on Iran, "but diverge significantly from the more bellicose advice we have gotten from senior Saudi royals".

That seems pretty important for American citizens to know: the views of the Saudi royal family, urging the bombing of Iran, don't necessarily represent those of their subjects. It would be even more interesting to know the views of the moderate Saudi diplomats, particularly on Iran. It would be really good to have such a discussion before bombing Iran - like right now - rather than after.